Magazine article New Internationalist

American Dream: Global Nightmare

Magazine article New Internationalist

American Dream: Global Nightmare

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American Dream: Global Nightmare

by Ziauddin Sardar & Merryl Wyn Davies

(Icon Books ISBN 184046 5727)

The vagaries of copydates mean that I am writing this review in the dismal wake of the election of George W Bush as President of the United States, following his selection by the Supreme Court four years ago. The civilians of Fallujah are dying in uncounted numbers in the supposed preparation for Iraqi 'democracy'. In American Dream: Global Nightmare the respected cultural commentators Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn L Davies advance the thesis that the bloody Pax Americana being imposed on the world is the result of serious delusions deep in the American psyche.

They propose 10 'Laws of Americana' and structure their book around a discussion of how these laws are sold to the US people and, by extension, the rest of us, through the medium of film, from Drums Along the Mohawk to Universal Soldier. …

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